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  •  I tend to agree (7+ / 0-)

    I don't see why your suggestion has to have any reference to climate change. Or why most environmental programs have to. Industrial and personal technological progress used to be exciting to people, especially Americans, who couldn't wait to get their hands on the new vacuum tube TV. People still feel this way for high tech gadgets. But the introduction of "green tech" has become mired to its detriment in political hot button topics. For many Americans it is now inextricably linked to the issues of government regulation, global regulation and personal autonomy. This is a mistake and a tragedy, for both sides of the debate.

    There is another reason not to link personal and industrial progress to the issue of climate change -- these incremental changes, coming late as they do, are obviously not going to be the answer to the problem of climate change if it is as severe as many of the scientists indicate. Pretending that the suburban US power gluttons will save the world by reducing their usage from triple to double the world average is ridiculous. In terms of solving the global crisis, it is useful only as a defense mechanism for those same gluttons, which reduces the alarming suicide rate in the suburbs.

    But as the self contained issue of keeping up with smart technological progress in one's daily life, this diary is very helpful and I agree with the diarist that's where the efforts should be redirected.

    This is all in the minds of the participants. - Gen. McChrystal (powerful Afghan warlord)

    by Marcion on Fri Feb 19, 2010 at 09:30:23 PM PST

    •  there's a website for the Renewal Project (2+ / 0-)
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      you all ought to visit. It's more than green energy for churches -- it's environmentalism as stewardship of the Earth, and the spiritual communities engaging in it aren't limited to Christian communities and aren't limiting their efforts to changing the culture in their congregations.

      A Muslim community in the Chicago area is working to provide halal meat for not just the members of the community but the meals provided to the homeless, the shut-in and the needy through their mosque.

      We need not eliminate faith. We need only integrate the concept that the green thing to do is the sensible thing to do, the responsible thing to do, the money-saving thing to do, and the popular acceptance will follow naturally. It happened before; it can -- nay, we must make sure it does -- happen again.

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      by BlackSheep1 on Fri Feb 19, 2010 at 09:35:00 PM PST

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